The straight talking un-PC Guide to working with Suicidal Youth

In these times of major disruption, the mental health of our young people matters.

If you are supporting or working with vulnerable young people, join author and School Counsellor Francis Jamieson in this honest and practical discussion on how to keep our tamariki safe.

Thursday, 21 May - 7pm - 8pm

Francis Jamieson, private practice Psychotherapist/Supervisor/Professional trainer, HOD Counsellor East Auckland School and author of "A Practical Guide to Working with Suicidal Youth, A New Zealand Perspective" 2013 presents a one-hour webinar via Zoom which will demonstrate the power of potent relationship building and the importance of this in keeping our suicidal tamariki safe and alive. 

Delivered with honesty, sensitivity, and sometimes humour, in this interactive webinar Francis will discuss easy, psycho-therapeutic techniques that can pull young people back from the brink. It focuses on what you as a family member, support person, teacher or therapist can do and how you can make the difference.

Learning Outcomes

The key concepts explored include:

  • Connection, the importance of relationship, transparency, honesty, vitality, touching the soul, intuition, spirituality, keeping it real, humour, and keeping self-care simple.
  • Aspects of teenage development, and in particular dysfunction, which may influence suicidal thinking.
  • Why so many New Zealand youth contemplate ending their lives - the three areas being; the meta-level, common issues faced, and potential triggers are explored. 
  • The webinar will also present possible thought changing conversations people can have to promote new positive pro-life thinking.

We encourage participants to email their questions to us prior to the workshop, or via the chat at the meeting. Email

Who Should Attend

Parents, whanau, support workers, teachers and school leaders, school counsellors, and anyone working with, or supporting at risk youth.

Francis Jamieson

Francis Jamieson, (Bachelor of Arts, Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching People with Special Needs (Applied Behavioural Analysis based), Graduate Diploma Psychotherapy, Advanced Supervision Training), has worked in mental health for the last 37 years.

His journey started with working for the IHC and after completing his BA and CPTIH, he became a Consultant for people with Special Needs.

After counselling many caregivers in this capacity, he studied Applied Psychotherapy at AUT and  managed/facilitated the Man Alive Adolescent Programme for Youth at Risk in West Auckland. 

He has worked as a family therapist and has a small private practice where he offers supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists, and trains other health professionals in working with clients with ADHD, Working with Trauma, and Suicidal Thinking. He also offers workshops for parent groups, and other interested parties, and has worked as a private consultant both for institutions and in private homes, training/supporting staff/people with clients experiencing extreme behavioural challenges.

His workshops have been described as empowering, educational, challenging, confronting, entertaining, authentic, informative, and practice changing.

They are based on personal/professional experience – his.

Zoom Meeting Date & Time

Thursday, 21 May, 7pm - 8pm

Once you register you will be sent the link and password for the Zoom meeting.


“Francis is a vitalising presenter who educates, entertains and enskills in his presentations. His deep knowing of suicide and youth makes him an important contributor to the awareness and skills required in this important work.” 
Warwick Pudney. Lecturer, Counsellor, Writer, Creator of Man Alive, Social Change Activist.

Amazon reviews on Francis's Book: "A Practical Guide to working with Suicidal Youth, A New Zealand Perspective."

“This was a very insightful read. Frank, honest, and totally accessible. It takes a lot of the “mystery” of therapy away and gives a refreshing window into what can be achieved. I hope to see more of this author in the future.”
- Nigel

“This short book is packed full of practical ideas based on a well thought out and well tested rationale all backed up by enthralling and often tear jerking real stories. It is written in such an accessible language and is such a pleasant departure from the wooden style of many clinical books. This book could have an impact well beyond the shores of New Zealand.”
- MM Chamberlin, Youth Worker. 

Price & Registration

This one hour webinar is offered to you for free!

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For further details, please contact:
Faye Johnson at or
Phone: 06 878 3456